Vincent van Gogh’s drawings are not as famous as his paintings, but he created no less than 1100 drawings. Van Gogh saw the importance of drawings for his painting skills and under some circumstances like strong wind drawing was an excellent alternative to painting.

Today 138 years ago, on or about 22 September 1883,

Vincent van Gogh wrote to Theo from Hoogeveen:

"And I’ve also started pen drawings again, specifically with a view to painting, because one can go into such details with the pen as painted studies cannot do, and one does well to make two studies, one entirely drawn for the way things are put together, and one painted for the colour. If this can be done, that is, and the occasion permits, this is a way of working up the painted study later.”

It is not possible to determine exactly which pen-and-ink drawings are meant here. It could be 'Farmhouse at Night’.

Farmhouse at Night
Hoogeveen, 1883
Pen and black ink, faded into brown parts, grey wash
22,1 x 28,8 cm
Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo

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